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College News
On the nomination of the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising and advice of the College Executive Committee, Kevin Wise, professor of advertising and director of graduate studies for the Institute of Communications Research, was named the College of Media's winner for Excellence in Graduate… Read More
Eric Meyer
Journalism News
Associate Professor of journalism Eric Meyer's weekly newspaper Marion County Record in Marion, Kansas, won a near-record 30 awards from the Kansas Press Association for 2019. He is editor, publisher, and co-owner of the paper. Meyer swept first, second, and third in column and editorial writing;… Read More
Angharad N. Valdivia
ICR News
In her latest book, The Gender of Latinidad: Uses and Abuses of Hybridity, Institute of Communications Research Professor Angharad N. Valdivia discusses the history and production of gendered Latinidad in the mainstream media.  Valdivia said the academic book is a continuation of her long-… Read More
Brant Houston
Journalism News
Nonprofit newsrooms are providing a significant new source for news as many newspapers face cuts and closures, says University of Illinois journalism professor Brant Houston, a co-founder of the Institute for Nonprofit News, which now includes more than 200 members. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.) … Read More
Mike Yao
Advertising News
The major shift underway in TV—from broadcast and cable to streaming—is also bringing targeted advertising to mainstream media, says Mike Yao, a professor of digital media and the head of the advertising department at Illinois. “Total surveillance” could be one result. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer… Read More
Amanda Ciafone
Media & Cinema Studies News
(Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.) Amanda Ciafone, assistant professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, was selected as a 2020-2021 University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study Fellow.  One of the primary missions of CAS is to identify the very best scholars at Illinois. CAS… Read More
Anita Say Chan
Media & Cinema Studies News
Anita Say Chan, associate professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies and at the iSchool, is the recipient of a Fulbright Specialist grant, effective January 2020 through January 2023. A program of the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Specialist Program creates opportunities… Read More
Stephen Feder
Media & Cinema Studies News
Stephen Feder (BS '02, media studies) has been named a producer at T-Street, a new independent studio led by filmmaker Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman, who recently launched Knives Out. According to T-Street, Feder and two other producers, Kiri Hart and Ben LeClair, will "spearhead films of… Read More
Breen book
Journalism News
Justin Breen (BS '99, journalism), founder and CEO of BrEpic, has written a new book that will launch on May 19—Epic Business: 30 Secrets to Build Your Business Exponentially and Give You the Freedom to Live the Life You Want!  “I am so thankful every day for BrEpic’s success, and I can’t wait to… Read More
Bezane book on Maui
Advertising News
Norm Bezane (BS '60, advertising), a former Chicagoan who has lived on Maui for 16 years, has just published his fourth book Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui. Learn more at http://normbezane.com.
College News
Brittany Duff, associate professor of advertising, and Julie Turnock, associate professor of media & cinema studies and acting department head, have both been named College of Media Scholars. Duff's term is for academic years 2019-20 and 2020-21, and Turnock's term is for academic years 2020-21… Read More
Students in JOUR 460
Journalism News
In JOUR 460: Extended Realities and Immersive Technologies, a new journalism course that launched last fall, students learned how new technologies can help solve real-world problems, as well as entertain others. Besides gaining an understanding of the history and application of virtual reality,… Read More
Dawn Turner
College News
Dawn Turner (BS ’87, journalism) has covered presidential elections, reported from around the world, and helped select Pulitzer Prize winners. As impressive as her accomplishments are, Turner’s proudest moments are telling the stories of people who might go unnoticed. “I’ve met lots of people… Read More
Communications Library
College News
Tucked in the northwest corner of Gregory Hall, the Communications Library is not only a resource for thousands of students but a comfortable sanctuary. Over the years, the library has transformed to accommodate student needs, expanded its hours, and renovated its top floor.  Now, thanks to the… Read More
Journalism News
Stu Werner (BS '85, journalism) has joined the Multiplatform Desk at the Washington Post after 18 years at the Chicago Tribune.
Janette Bradley Wright
Advertising News
Janette Bradley Wright was recently recognized by campus for her 31 years of service, almost all of which has been with the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising. (Photo by Madeline Wilson, journalism student, Class of 2020.)   Congratulations to Janette Bradley Wright, administrative aide… Read More
Jane Pyo
ICR News
Congratulations to Jane Pyo, a doctoral student at the Institute of Communications Research, for winning a Dissertation Travel Grant from the University of Illinois Graduate College. She plans to travel to South Korea, her home country, and conduct interviews there.  Pyo's project, "The politics… Read More
Niani Scott
Journalism News
When Niani Scott, junior in journalism, saw some of her peers’ social media posts about the Forbes Under 30 Summit, the event piqued her interest: She’d have the opportunity to build upon her network, practice pitching skills, and learn from A-list guest speakers, such as professional athlete… Read More
Filmmaker Rita Coburn at Urbana High School
College News
Rita Coburn Whack, third from left, screened her film about Maya Angelou and discussed it with Urbana High School students. (Photo courtesy of the Alliance for Inclusion and Respect.)  In April, director Rita Coburn Whack spent an afternoon with Urbana High School students for a special screening… Read More
Punkin Chunkin
Journalism News
When Associate Professor Charles “Stretch” Ledford first stumbled onto the idea, it seemed absurd: Punkin Chunkin.  “It was interesting to find a project that hit multiple areas,” Ledford said. “Agriculture, engineering, and economy—and sheer weirdness—were just perks.” He decided Punkin Chunkin… Read More